List the strengths of the iPhone that place it among the best phones to own and will probably put cameras near the top of that list. So naturally, there’s a lot of focus on what Apple plans to do with the iPhone 14 cameras when their new phones arrive in the fall.
Not that Apple has told us anything: the company is notoriously tight-lipped about unannounced products. But Apple leakers, analysts and other observers are not so circumspect. A fair amount of iPhone 14 camera rumors have surfaced ahead of the likely fall release date, giving us a pretty good idea of what to expect from the new models.
As with many iPhone 14 rumours, it seems that the most significant changes are coming to the iPhone 14 Pro models, highlighted by a major improvement to the main camera on Apple’s high-end phones. But you can also expect some improvements to the standard iPhone 14 that should once again make these phones contenders for the title of best camera phone.
Keep in mind that the rumors at the moment are largely focused on camera hardware, as that’s the kind of information Apple analysts can get from the company’s supply chain. Software enhancements, such as cinematic mode Apple added as part of last year iPhone 13 release, it should be filtered closer to the iPhone 14 release dateif past iPhone rumors are anything to go by.
With that said, here’s a closer look at the biggest rumored changes to the iPhone 14 cameras and what those moves could mean for your mobile photos and videos.
1. A larger main camera for the iPhone 14 Pro
Easily the biggest camera change coming to the iPhone 14 lineup involves the main camera on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. Pro phones are expected to use 48MP sensors for its main wide camera. That would be a huge improvement over the 12MP cameras at the current iPhone 13 Pro models. And really, it would mark a significant change for Apple as a whole, as the company has used a 12MP camera as the primary lens on the iPhone since 2015.
Most Apple watchers expect this change to be limited to Pro models, with the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max (or iPhone 14 plus(if you’re to believe the rumor of a different name for Apple’s lower-priced 6.7-inch phone) resorting to the same 12MP sensors as before. In fact, one look at the VfL Bochum vs. 1. FC Union Berlin iPhone 14 Pro Rumors suggest that most of the big changes are destined for Apple’s Pro phones.
Increasing the number of megapixels in the main cameras of the iPhone 14 Pro would allow the phone to capture higher resolution shots with more detail. It would also give photo professionals more to work with and manipulate when editing photos, perhaps indicating a more feature-rich pro mode for the iPhone 14 Pro’s camera app.
But there are other implications to a 48MP main camera besides resolution. For example, Apple could use pixel binning, in which pixels are combined with each other. In darker settings, that allows the combined pixel to capture more light and reduce noise. The end result would be better low-light photography, albeit at the expense of resolution.
Another key thing about a 48MP sensor as the iPhone 14 Pro’s main camera: It would clear the way for Apple’s Pro phones to capture 8K video. Right now, the iPhone 13 Pro maxes out at 4K video recording at 60fps. A higher-resolution sensor removes the hardware limitations for capturing 8K video and could allow the next iPhone to match the video-recording features of some Android phones like the iPhone. galaxy s22.
There’s another implication for Apple going with a 48MP main sensor that goes beyond photographic capabilities. Apple would need to increase the size of the camera lens to accommodate the larger sensor. That means a wider, thicker camera bump on iPhone 14 Pro models, a change that Leaked schematics for upcoming phone apparently backup.
2. Improved front cameras for all iPhone 14 models
The iPhone 14 isn’t freezing when it comes to camera changes, but the biggest rumor involves the upcoming phone’s front-facing camera. The analyst Ming-Chi Kuo maintains that the four iPhone 14 models will get an improved selfie cameraimproving on the 12MP TrueDepth camera that made its debut with the iPhone 11 lineup.
Specifically, Kuo expects the iPhone 14’s front camera aperture to get bigger and bigger, going from f/2.2 to f/1.9. That should let in more light and create cleaner images when taking selfies or starting FaceTime conversations. Speaking of FaceTime improvements, Kuo also thinks the front-facing camera will have autofocus built in, which should lead to sharper video on calls.
Additionally, the new front-facing camera is designed to feature a 6-element lens, an improvement over the 5-element lens used by current iPhones. How did we learn when the iPhone 12 changed to a 7-element lens from a 6-element lens, the more elements there are, the better the image quality. Specifically, the additional element can correct distortion and aberrations in the image for a better overall shot.
3. No periscope-style zoom lens
We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but a big iPhone 14 camera rumor is about a feature that’s No coming to the Pro models. Early rumors had suggested that Apple might turn to a periscope-style telephoto lens on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max. That design would clear the way for Apple to increase optical zoom on its phones, positioning the iPhone to better compete with Samsung’s flagships on this front.
At this time Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the undisputed zoom king, thanks to two telephoto lenses that offer 3x and 10x optical zooms respectively. With the help of software, these lenses can also support 100x spatial zoom for ridiculous close-up shots. (You’ll need to place the S22 Ultra on a tripod to reduce blur from handling the phone.) The iPhone 13 Pro, with its 3x zoom, has a hard time keeping up. Just look at these zoom shots of the Galaxy S22 Ultra in action.
A periscope-style lens is still on the way for future iPhones, not just the iPhone 14 Pro. Kuo hopes that it will come next yearand other iPhone leaks now back up that claim, especially with news from Apple’s supply chain that the final iPhone 14 Pro design doesn’t include a periscope lens.
4. Autofocus for iPhone 14 Ultra Wide Camera
Here’s an older rumor that doesn’t get much attention these days, but as far as we know, it’s still on the table for a potential iPhone 14 camera upgrade. The iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max’s ultrawide camera could add focus. automatic.
If true, that would reflect a feature Apple added to the ultra-wide lenses on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. It could also pave the way for the standard iPhone 14 to adopt the macro mode currently supported by the ultra-wide lenses on Apple’s Pro models.
This rumor actually dates back to before the iPhone 13 launch when Ming-Chi Kuo, yes, he again, tipped off the world about the autofocus feature targeting the iPhone 13 Pro’s ultra-wide camera. At the time, Kuo said The feature would later be added to Apple’s other phones with the iPhone 14.. The first part of that prediction came true last fall; Let’s see if the second part lasts this year.
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